United States Senate elections in Mississippi, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Mississippi

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November 6 Election Winner:
Roger Wicker Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Roger Wicker Republican Party
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid R (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Mississippi will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.
Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
January 13, 2012
March 13, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Mississippi has an open primary system, meaning any registered voter can vote in any party's primary.

Voter registration: Voters had to register to vote in the primary by February 11. For the general election, the voter registration deadline is October 6.[1]

See also: Mississippi elections, 2012

Incumbent: The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Roger Wicker (R). First appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2007, Wicker is running for re-election in 2012.

Candidates

Note: Election results were added on election night as races were called. Vote totals were added after official election results had been certified. For more information about Ballotpedia's election coverage plan, click here. If you find any errors in this list, please email: Geoff Pallay.
General election candidates

Democratic Party Albert N. Gore
Republican Party Roger Wicker Incumbent
Constitution Party Thomas Cramer
Reform Party Shawn O'Hara


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Constitution Party Constitution Primary

Reform Party Reform Primary

Race background

Republican incumbent Roger Wicker, first appointed to the U.S. Senate in 2007, is seeking re-election in 2012. Wicker easily won the March 14th Republican primary election with nearly 90 percent of the vote. He will face Democratic primary victor Albert N. Gore and two third party candidates - Constitution Party nominee Thomas Cramer and Reform Party nominee Shawn O'Hara - in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Competitiveness

According to an analysis of the 2012 Senate elections published in The New York Times, Mississippi is rated as solid Republican, in favor of the incumbent, heading into the general election.[6]

Primary Results

Democratic Primary

U.S. Senate, Mississippi Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngAlbert Gore 56.8% 49,157
Will Oatis 18.8% 16,300
Roger Weiner 24.4% 21,131
Total Votes 86,588

Republican Primary

U.S. Senate-Mississippi Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Wicker Incumbent 89.2% 254,669
E. Allen Hathcock 4.2% 12,094
Robert Maloney 6.6% 18,822
Total Votes 285,585

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [7]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Mississippi Senate
Month Rating
July 12, 2012[8]     
May 31, 2012[9]     
May 10, 2012[10]     
March 22, 2012[11]     
March 1, 2012[12]     
January 26, 2012[13]     
December 22, 2011[14]     
December 1, 2011[15]     

Election history

2008

On November 4, 2008, Roger Wicker won election to the United States Senate. He defeated Ronnie Musgrove (I) in the general election to fill an unexpired term.[16]

U.S. Senate General Election, Mississippi, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Wicker Incumbent 55% 683,409
     Independent Ronnie Musgrove 45% 560,064
Total Votes 1,243,473

On November 4, 2008, Thad Cochran won re-election to the United States Senate. He defeated Erik Fleming (D) in the general election.[17]

U.S. Senate General Election, Mississippi, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngThad Cochran Incumbent 61.4% 766,111
     Democratic Erik Fleming 38.6% 480,915
Total Votes 1,247,026

Campaign donors

Roger Wicker

Roger Wicker (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[18]March 31, 2012$2,105,711.37$173,841.00$(240,355.07)$2,039,197.30
Running totals
$173,841$(240,355.07)

Albert N. Gore, Jr.

[19]

Thomas Cramer

[20]

Shawn O'Hara

[21]

See also

References

  1. Mississippi Secretary of State "2012 Elections Calendar," Accessed July 25, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Clarksdale Press Register "Weiner files paperwork for Senatorial run against Wicker," Accessed January 5, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Sun Herald "Fields fill up for Mississippi congressional races" Accessed January 16, 2012
  4. Real Clear Politics "Wicker, 3 congressmen clear Miss. primary hurdles" March 13, 2012
  5. Real Clear Politics "Wicker, 3 congressmen clear Miss. primary hurdles" March 13, 2012
  6. The New York Times, "2012 Senate race ratings," accessed September 17, 2012
  7. Cook Political Report "Our Accuracy," Accessed December 12, 2011
  8. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," July 12, 2012
  9. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  10. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 10, 2012
  11. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 22, 2012
  12. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 1, 2012
  13. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," January 26, 2012
  14. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 27, 2011
  15. Cook Political Report "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 1, 2011
  16. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008"
  17. U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008" Accessed November 3, 2011
  18. Federal Election Commission "Roger Wicker April Quarterly," Accessed July 2, 2012
  19. FEC "Reports Images," Accessed July 9, 2012
  20. FEC "Reports Images," Accessed July 9, 2012
  21. FEC "Reports Images," Accessed July 9, 2012